Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Against His Mother’s Wishes

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What did Orson F. Whitney do against his mother’s wishes?
a.                  Chose a theatrical career
b.                  Joined the Mormon Battalion
c.                   Joined the Danites
d.                  Accepted a mission call
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   A toll fee
From the life of Edwin Dilworth Woolley:   In the spring of 1840, by the advice of the Prophet, he removed to Commerce, afterwards named Nauvoo, and in the fall of that same year went on a mission to Pennsylvania, where he labored for a year, converting and baptizing a considerable number of people. While on this mission, which was performing in the good old way by traveling without money to pay for the necessaries of life, the following interesting incident occurred. While walking though the country one day he reached a toll gate (common in those times) at Strasburg, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. It was customary to allow ministers or preachers to pass thorough free of charge, and when Bro. Woolley stated that he was a preacher of the gospel, the gate keeper allowed him to pass. He had gone about three miles farther on his journey, when he heard the clatter of horses’ hoofs on the road behind him; turning, he saw two horsemen coming down the road at a hard gallop. He was soon overtaken and one of the men, placing his hand on the Elder’s shoulder, with an oath claimed him as a prisoner, saying, “You are no d—d preacher, and you have got to go back with us, and not only pay your fare, but a fine was well.” Elder Woolley remarked that if they would procure a hall and furnish an audience, he would show them whether or not he was a preacher. This seemed to suit the men, who at once decided to put him to the test; they provided a hall and gave out notices of the meeting to be held, holding the assumed preacher in custody meanwhile. A large congregation gathered, attracted, no doubt, by the novelty of the occasion, more than from any real desire to learn the truth. The Elder must have had the assistance the Lord usually gives to those who trust in Him, for the men who had him in charge were thoroughly convinced that he was a preacher and released him from custody without toll or fine being paid. He was so well satisfied with the reception he met at this meeting that he remained in that neighborhood for some time, preaching and making converts. 

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 631.

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